Senior Leadership Team

Mr Stuart Lock

Mr Stuart Lock

Executive Principal

Jane Herron

Jane Herron

Head of School

Bachelor of Education from the University of Brighton (Bed)
National Award for Special Educational Needs (SENCO)
Jane has in excess of twenty years teaching experience in secondary schools in Bedfordshire. Her specialism is Drama and spent the first ten years of her career teaching Drama, getting great GCSE and A Level results, inspiring young people (at least five ex-students are now Drama teachers themselves) and writing, directing and producing school shows such as Godspell, Bugsy Malone and Blood Brothers. She became a Head of Drama, and then a Head of Year/ House. Jane is in her fourth year at Bedford Free School having been one of the founder members.
She enjoy’s being with young people, their energy and openness and to engage them through earning their trust.

As the pastoral leader at Bedford Free School Jane oversee’s the care in a wider sense beyond the classroom. She has an interest in what motivates young minds. Jane did not particularly enjoy school herself and hope’s she is humble enough to draw on her own experiences to help young people overcome some of the barriers to learning they may face in and out of school.

Bridget Edge

Bridget Edge

Business Manager

Tim Blake

Tim Blake

Assistant Principal

Name: Tim Blake
Role: Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning

Education: (University)
Tim studied at the University of York, including a year on exchange at the University of Illinois in the USA. He graduated in 2009 with a BA (Hons) in History.

Brief career history:
Tim spent time teaching English in China and South Korea before pursuing his teacher training. He originally trained in the local Bedfordshire area before starting his careers in an inner London secondary school. After a number of years Tim became a founding member of Bedford Free School and has overseen the development of the Humanities department.

Why did you become a teacher?
His passion for teaching history stems from his desire to ensure all students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. He believes that studying the subject provides students with a core of academic knowledge but also enables student’s to develop their analytical and evaluate expertise. He hopes to foster a lifelong love of learning amongst his students.

What do you enjoy about your subject?
Tim has a passion for all things Victorian and the Industrial Revolution. He is often heard giving rousing historical speeches prior to exams.
Your TLAC PM priorities for the year: (How are you going to improve your practice this year?)
This year Tim is working on a number of TLAC strategies in his classroom. These include: ‘Turn and Talk’, ‘Precise Praise’, and ‘Simple to complex’.

Ms Fizz Foley

Ms Fizz Foley

Assistant Principal

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